U of L and faith: Adam Thomas
By Lynnsey McGraw–
As you walk around campus, what do you see? Sidewalk chalk of upcoming events, posters of community groups, banners of fraternities and sororities. But there is something in particular that has been advertised an overwhelming amount around campus: Faith-centered communities are all inviting people to worship and have fellowship.
Poster boards for Cardinal Christian advertise that they meet on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Intravarsity, which is a Christian-based group, advertises worship and fellowship. But what do students think about this? What do they believe in?
Adam Thomas, a senior English major, said he has an unbiased opinion on religion. “I was raised Catholic, but now as an adult I am not a practicing Catholic.” Thomas said.
But it wasn’t actually church that seemed to shape his life.
“The way my parents raised me affected me more than Church did,” Thomas said. “My mom is still a devout Catholic, my dad on the other hand is a non-practicing Catholic like me.”
Thomas said, “I went to Church every Wednesday morning and every Sunday with my family, but again, my parents taught me my good morals, not Church.”
Thomas says religion helps people behave better—but not always.
“I think religion could be good for people and I think it could be bad for people. I think it’s good for people because it gives people the sense of peace. But it could be bad for people because it gives them a free pass to be judgmental.”
This is just one opinion and background out of thousands at U of L. What’s yours?